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Sep 23, 2010 5:30pm PDT
system in newark, new jersey. by the way, the teachers there are the highest paid in the state of new jersey. the results there are awful, unacceptable in any society. and here's another example of private money at least trying to fix public schools. rehema ellis is at newark city hall tonight. >> reporter: good evening, brian. deep rooted problems need dramatic solutions. that usually requires lots of money, which the city is about to get. newark, it's the largest city in new jersey, with the biggest school problems. now getting help from a big name. 26-year-old billionaire mark zuckerberg, founder and ceo of facebook, is expected to give $100 million to newark schools. cory booker and the republican governor chris christie will join forces on the oprah winfrey show for the announcement tomorrow. education experts welcome the bipartisan effort. >> i think it's a great opportunity. first to launch a real dialogue in the city of newark about what's best for our kids and how to give everyone an excellent education. and second, because we need money to drive resources to the programs tha
Sep 24, 2010 6:30pm EDT
of facebook, mark zuckerberg, gave a $100 million gift to the city of newark, new jersey public school system, and now the questions start about what happens next, where the money goes. all this happening, by the way, as nbc news gets ready to launch "education nation" here at 30 rockefeller plaza, shining a spotlight on education issues nationwide. our education correspondent, rehema ellis, with us tonight from newark with more. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. for months, the mayor of newark has been working on a plan to improve his city's schools which have some of the worst graduation rates in the nation. today his not so secret secret plan was made public. ceo and founder of facebook, come on out here, guys. come on out. >> reporter: the official announcement came on one of tv's biggest stages, the oprah winfrey show. >> his first project will be a $100 million challenge grant. >> reporter: mark zuckerberg, founder of facebook, announced a grant to help newark's struggling schools. the sky 26-year-old billionaire wanted to make an anonymous gift but was convinced to change
Sep 25, 2010 6:00pm PDT
>> glor: a new day for newark. one city's troubled schools officially receive $100 million from their new facebook friend. i'm jeff glor. also tonight, flood zone. rising floodwaters threaten wide areas of the upper midwest. dead heat-- new polls show california's multi-million-dollar governor's race is too close to call. and mystery disease. this teenaged boy is among the hundreds of thousands who suffer from a disorder many doctors don't recognize. how his family's leading the fight for a cure. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor. >> glor: good evening. $100 million is a lot of money, no matter when it comes along, but in the middle of an economy still struggling and when many public schools across this country are suffering badly, it means that much more. the city benefitting from the gift is newark, new jersey, about 10 miles from new york city. the school system's benefactor is facebook billionaire mark zuckerburg, and today he joined top city and city officials to launch the big new push. jay dow has details. >> reporte
Sep 24, 2010 1:00pm EDT
, regardless of what his motives are, newark, new jersey can really use the 100 million shot in the arm. newark public schools are in a lot of trouble. it is new jersey's largest school district. over 40,000 students and it was taken over by the state in 1995. the headline of today's newark star ledger says is this really the way to fix newark schools. let's bring in the editor of the editorial page. tom, i'm sorry. thank you for joining us. >> glad to be here. >> first of all, are you -- where do you stand on this issue of whether this is pr or a good thing? >> i don't think anybody in newark cares whether he is or not. this is not only 100 million, it's a challenge grant. we're hoping for 200 million. that will be a big help. >> the newspaper says, is this really the right thing. what's that to promote? >> most i'm talking to are overjoyed about this. newark at this point, spends a billion dollars a year. this will be over four years. that's $20 million a year on top of a billion. it's not revolutionary in terms of the money. more charter schools. weakening tenure performance. merit pay for g
Sep 27, 2010 4:00pm EDT
as nbc is concerned. a pleasure to see you again. to newark we go. 15 miles from where sitting now, one of the most prevalent examples. look to newark, new jersey, home of one of the most troubled school systems in this country, now with hopes for a brighter future ahead. >> july, 1967. all hell breaks loose on the streets of newark, new jersey. disenfranchised black residents riots for six days. in the end, 26 people killed and the city entered a period it still hasn't recovered from 43 years later. on top of the list of problems, a broken educational system failing its students. fast forward to 2010, newark schools are still ranked lowest performing. that despite the state took control 15 years ago. teachers are still making bank. among the highest paid of any district in the garden state. now though, a series of milestones with the blessing of chris christie, the mayor is taking back control of his schools and he's got some big time help. facebook founder, mark zuckerberg, to the tune of a $100 million grant. >> after we make the changes in newark, it will be a symbol that can be rep
Sep 27, 2010 10:00am EDT
you can get there in newark and across the country, for that matter. but in many neighborhoods, especially in newark, single-parent homes, working two jobs, they're not there when the child gets home at night or the morning when they go off to school. how do you fix that piece of it? >> i've seen heroic commitment as among single mothers in newark. a woman shows up once a week to pick up homework packets though she's working job. the commitment and the hunger because we come from a family of a single mother or grandparents raising children, which we see a lot of, we can't let that be an excuse for newark. i can show you schools in newark that are better than surrounding schools that come from below the poverty line and exceeding in high levels. don't tell me that these issues are going to stop us from succeeding. we can no longer make excuses in america for the appalling failure we're seeing in so many of our school systems across the country. >> is mark zuckerberg going to be hands-on with money he's handing off? >> he said clearly, i'm a business leader, i'm not an education
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Sep 25, 2010 2:00pm EDT
christie might invite newark mayor, cory booker, a democrat, but a reformer to take charge of the newark schools. is that a big development? >> it's a big development not so much because of the money. because we all know that newark schools in particular-- >> are some of the worst in the world. >> some of the worst, but also per pupil, high already in the school and the nice thing about the donation, reportedly it will be conditioned or be targeted to certain reforms, the mayor of newark will be able to use it to expand charter schools and for teacher evaluation systems and so forth. so, it's money targeting reforms that we know can be effective. >> paul: are they going to change-- does it have the potential, bill, all of this momentum to change the way that democratic party thinks about education? because there have been the big protector of union interests, not children's interests. >> exactly. if barack obama credits during the campaign, he did say some thing that got the teacher's unions very upset. let's say look, not that the problem that the school system is failing, the problem i
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Sep 25, 2010 10:00pm EDT
$100 million donation to help fix one of the nation's worst public school systems, that of newark, new jersey's largest city whose mayor is playing a central role in this extraordinary effort. >> $100 million? >> before we hear from all three men, christy, booker and zuckerberg, and before kimberly talks live in our studio with the fill's producer, hi, kim kimberly hi. >> here is shannon bream with the big picture. >> either the kids are getting stupider every year or something is wrong in the education system. >> shannon: the man behind the ex-ploy suv education documentary waiting for superman says it is the latter. david's movie about the u.s. public school system will hit theaters. it follows students and their families on their uphill battle to secure good education in a system gugenheim labels broken. d.c. public school chancellor michelle reid laided by some for her innovative ideas features prominently in the documentary and says it is time the country got a good look at what is really happening. >> if you look at what has happened in american public education over the last 20
Sep 25, 2010 8:00am EDT
interesting. thank you so much. now here's lester. >>> for the troubled schools of newark, new jersey, one man is giving new meaning to "facebook friend." mark zuckerberg is giving schools $100million. here's more. >> the founder of facebook. come on out here. [ applause ] >> reporter: the official announcent came on one of tv's biggest stages, "the oprah winfrey show". >> the first pject will be a $100 million grant. >> reporter: mark zuckerberg announced grant to help newark's schools. the shy billionaire wanted to make an anonymous gift but was convinced to change his mind. >> err child deserves a good education. that's not happening. >> reporter: new jersey's governor and newark's mayor joined forces to make a bold agreement on how to use the funds. the governor will turn over some control of newark's state-run schools to the mayor who scored a coup in getting zuckerberg's donation. >> it's about the children. >> reporter: some details include setting up a $100 million education foundaon. newark must raise $100 milli in matching funds. the city must also raise another $50 million to serve
Sep 27, 2010 6:00am EDT
, arne duncan. new jersey governor chris christie will be on the show and mayor cory booker of newark and tom brokaw, just to name a few joining us for "education nation" here on learning plaza. >> willie, you know what happens when somebody steps on a dog's tail? they bark. your man, the governor of the garden state is upsetting people all over the place. and they're going crazy because he's just doing what he said he was going to do. and then we've got cory booker coming in, and what's happening in newark is exciting. new jersey politics, your hometown, home state. >> their relationship speaks to what we've said many times on this show, there's one issue where republicans and democrats seem to be able to get together. >> two presidents in a row, one republican and one democrat with a hunger to shake up the education establishment. we won't have the change we need without people like governor christie and the last two presidents who are demanding change. >> mika, you look across the political spectrum and really just about everybody supports radical education reform except the teache
Sep 25, 2010 11:00am EDT
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Sep 25, 2010 11:00pm EDT
$100 million to newark new jersey schools, contingent on some reforms. it looks like new jersey governor christie might invite newark mayor, cory booker to take charge of the newark schools stha. a big develop snmt. >> it s not because of the money. we know that. and newark schools are some of the worst in the world. also per pupil spending is hawaii at these schools. we're talking about how money will be spent. nice thing about this donation is reportedly it will be targeted to certain reforms. the mayor of newark will be able to use to it expand charter schools and for teacher evaluation system and so forth. it's -- money targeting reforms that we know can be affected. >> are they going to change? does this have potential all of this momentum to change the way democratic party thinks about education? there have been big protector of union interest. not childrens. >> skablgtly. give barack obama credit. i did say thing that's got the teacher's union upset. let's say the problem is not with the school system failing. the problem is that this corrupt school system is working for
Sep 23, 2010 5:30am EDT
executive mark zuckerberg will donate $100 million to the troubled public school system in newark, new jersey. according to "the times" he will announce the gift on "the oprah winfrey show" tomorrow. with new jersey governor chris christie and cory booker, mayor, the spokespeople for oprah and facebook have not yet confirmed "the times'" report. newark have among the lowest test scores and graduation rates. the $100 million donation would be one-eighth of newark's entire annual operating budget of $8900 million for its schools. his fortune has been estimated at least at $2 billion. again, mark zuckerberg according to "the new york times" ready to give 100 million bucks s ts tok and announce it tomorrow on "oprah." >>> today marks six months since the passage of health care meaning the law's key components go in effect and insurers will no longer be able to impose a lifetime spending gap or ban children with pre-existing conditions. parents will be able to keep their kids on their health plans until age 26. . >>> backyard gathering in virginia yesterday, president obama touted the new
Sep 23, 2010 1:04pm EDT
's toughest cities. mark zuckerberg has announced he's donating $100 million to the newark, new jersey school system. ron allen joins us now with the latest. ron, it's a lot of money. >> yeah, $100 million is a big chunk of the newark school budget. and it's a big victory for the major there, cory booker, who apparently friended mark zuckerberg and mr. zuckerberg decided to give the school district $100 million if, in fact, the mayor is given the authority to implement a new plan for the schools, something that has to require some political juggling because the school system is in such poor shape that's been in the control of the state of new jersey for the past 15 years. the governor of new jersey is also involve in this. they're calling it the oprah moment, that's what "the star ledger" is calling it. they're tweeting about it. mayor booker tweeted looking forward to oprah on friday. please tune in to know what's going on in newark. big promoter of the city since head's been mayor there. now beginning in the second term. governor chris christie tune in "oprah" on friday, great things to com
Sep 6, 2010 5:00pm PDT
hotel in newark. police say the hotel did not have a required permit to hold a large event and there were three to 400 people at the pool party with an overflow crowd into the the parking lot. the promoter says he did contract with the w hot skbrel they were closer to 155 people. police were in the process of breaking up the party, they actually heard shots in the parking area and so did a neighbor. >> i just heard gunshots. it's unusual in this area. kind of like a set of five or six gunshots at that time. >> officers on scene there were several shots heerd. -- heard. we had to request assist from fremont and union city police department to help us crowd control the party was shut down this, morning the body was located. >> police say they did survey another area and came up empty. and so they broke up the party with the help of fremont and union city police and then, of course, this morning's discovery. we tried to talk to hotel management but they referred all we questions to the newark police. the police are asking for any witnesses or anyone who may have information ab
Sep 24, 2010 11:00am PDT says he's giving a huge donation to newark public schools. you can see man: we need a sofa. something i can stretch out on! woman: ooh... that will go with those lamps my mother gave us. or we could get some new lamps. or we could get no sofa. negotiating, eh? you got it! how about a nice home for our tv? how about doors to hide that drive-in theater? how about a cowhide rug? yee-haw! and the snacks? get their own place. let the marathon begin! ♪ >>> founder mark zuckerberg is making official his $100 million donation to newark, new jersey, public schools. the 26-year-old became one of hi-tech's biggest philanthropists. he did grow up nearby. he picked newark for the gift because he believes in these guys. you see them there with him. the governor and mayor and stanford graduate. education is paramount. >> every child deserves a good education. right now that's not happening. (applause) >> you know, i mean, i've had a lot of opportunities in my life. a lot of that comes from having gone to really good schools. i just wanna do what i can to make sure that ever
Sep 24, 2010 11:30am PDT
announcement. why facebook.c says he's giving a huge donation to newark public schools. next time on... the amazing thing is not that everybody isot saved. the amazing this is that anydy is saved! and then: all i knows, i don't want anyone to go to hell. but its not my choice. next time on... ♪ >>> founder mark zuckerberg is making official his$100 million donation to newark, new jersey, public schools. the 26-year-o became one of hi-tech's biggest philanthropists. he did grow up nearby. he picked newark for the gift because he believes in these guys. you see them there with him. the governor an mayor and stanford gradua. educati is paramount. >> every child deserves a good educatn. right now that's not happening. (applause) >> you know, i mean, i've had a lot of opportunities in my life. a lot of that comes from having gone to really good schools. i just wanna do what i can to make sure that everyone has those sameopportunities. >> new york syste has low test scores and graduation rates and has been taken over by the state for poor magement. that's cory booker. you ca
Sep 23, 2010 12:00pm EDT
request. how the creator of facebook is helping out thousands of students in newark, new jersey. >> and let's look outside this noon. bernadette woods will be back with the first warning weather forecast. ,,,,,,,,,,,, tax on everything you buy? ,,,,,,,,,,,, that's in andy harris' unfair tax plan. 23% sales tax. a 23% sales tax will cut my business in half. would be devastating. andy harris' 23% sales tax absolutely makes no sense. 23% sales tax would really make things unaffordable. that's too high for the average american out here. i don't know how we would manage it really. don't like that idea. we can't afford andy harris' idea. i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message. >>> a woman is going to die by lethal injection tonight in virginia. she and two accomplices were after life insurance money. european union workers asked her to commute the sentence to life in prison. >>> an ohio suspect was not thinking clearly. >> we received a phone call from a man who was in pain and he was compacted several pains and he was begging us to empty a garbage truck. >> he was running away
Sep 23, 2010 11:00am EDT
and major funding. the newark public school system is about to receive a $100 million boost and that major donation will come from 26 billionaire and facebook founder mark zuckerberg. it stemmed from a new friendship formed with newark mayor cory booker. nbc ron allen is joining me now to talk about this. that's a whole lot of cash that will go to newark. >> they must be very, very good friends. >> let's talk about the school system there and why the need is so great. >> it has become synonymous with so many things that are bad in urban america and the city itself. cory booker is in his second term and very charismatic, very personable figure and been making a lot of efforts to try to get private donations to help out newark because they can't raise the money themselves. this is a good example of how successful he has been. there are other grants and other money he has attracted, as well. $100 million is a huge amount of money. i think the budget for the school system is $800 million a year. that gives you a sense of how significant this is. it's unclear exactly how the money is going to b
Sep 24, 2010 10:00am EDT
million donation that facebook's founder mark zuckerberg has pledged the newa newark, new jersey schools. the 26-year-old who is worth almost $27 billion is the latest billi billionaire putting private money into education reform. whether the massive gift is timed to offset negative publicity from the upcoming film the social network which portrays him as a backstabbing evil genius. an even bigger question, how will this money help? although newark teachers are the highest paid in the state, the results have not been good. awful some would say. 45% of students do not graduate high school there. an advocate for education reform and executive director of excellent education for everyone. that's the school choice advocacy group founded by the newark mayor cory booker and the relationship between zuckerberg and cory booker that resulted, right? >> he is compelling. >> charismatic guy. >> you talk about any kind of social change and issues in schools, in particular, you'll note he is focused on teacher quality and really cares about that and education choice and charters. >> zuckerberg has no
Sep 23, 2010 2:00pm EDT
. precise. only from the makers of tylenol. >>> major changes are coming to the newark, new jersey, public school system. thanks to a donation of $100 million. the money is coming from 26-year-old billionaire and facebook founder mark zuckerberg. understandably the city is thrilled. the big question is how will the money be spent. ron allen now joins us. before we talk about this incredible donation, there's not a shortage of money coming into the school district. it's about how the money has been spent in the past. >> right, and who controls the money. the state has been under control for 15 years. the test scores are so low. the graduation rate is so low. the deal mark zuckerberg is making is he wants the mayor of newark to be in charge of the school system. that's the string that comes with the gift. apparently, of course, they're going to go for that. the governor will will have some veto authority. he's reformed minded mayor. he'll do things like more charter schools, higher standards for teachers, higher standards for pupils. things that teachers unions tend not to like. it could cau
Sep 27, 2010 9:00am EDT
plan. >> corey booker of newark, the reason to receive this $100 million pledge from the founder of facebook, he was looking, he was actually going around the country looking for a wealthy philanthropist to give them money. to give the school system money. is this the road that school systems -- do you see yourself as a former, you're a former mayor, do you feel like that's what you would tell mayors to do, find private money at this point? >> i don't think so. i think that private money can be really important in being able to do some things and to innovate and to try some things that are difficult to do with public money but the school systems, i mean, it is a major public commitment. 5% or 6% of the gdp. we need to figure out how to run the schools with public money and properly. and private money can help and private partnerships can give energy and new ideas into it but this is a public responsibility. we need to keep it that way. >> well, speaking of money, governor markell, as well you know, the problem really isn't funding. in other words, we are spending much more per pu
Sep 11, 2010 6:00pm PDT
flight 93. the group left newark, new jersey, on thursday and arrived this morning. flight 93 took off from newark headed to san francisco. when passengers learned the plane had been hijacked, they fought back and the flight crashed in pennsylvania. the ride was part tribute and part fund-raiser for another memorial at the crash site. >> it's important that everybody remember that particular day and the events that took place on that day. and show their support for all the families having to do with all the various locations that something took place on that day. >> after the union city event, the riders traveled to san francisco international airport for a final ceremony. >>> and in mountain view, the art and wine festival paused for a ceremony in honor of the 9/11 victims. police and firefighters joined members of the services for a march through the center of the festival. after the procession, those in uniform stood with community members for a moment of reflection on the victims and on the heroes of that day. >> it revalidates why we need to defend our country. it shows that the a
Sep 11, 2010 11:00am EDT
in newark. it was bound for san no information on how many people were on bard the 757 carries a lot of folks. anyone who's flown from newark to san francisco knows that most of those flights carry a full load. >> so this now brings to three the number of confirmed flights that have been iolved in this tragic day. american airlines flight 11 from boston to los angeles. flight 77 from washington-dulles airport to los angeles with 58 passengers on board. and now the united flight, tom, that you just mentioned. and you can say that -- we have to say that the number of passengers was relatively low on those first flights. and we can only hope this was not a full flight, this united flight. >> you know, there was a collapse, obviously, not just of intelligence but of airport security as well that that many planes were hijacked almost simultaneously. >> although these days, as we know, tom, and learned from the twa tragedy, flight 800, that oftentimes some of these deces are absolutely -- it's impossible to see them in our kind of security x-ray machines that you have at typical airports.
Sep 2, 2010 5:00pm PDT
. while the odds of the hurricane earl not a strike newarks to become directly. web producer, kimberly sakamoto. - new york city. what about happen? >> currently, the city has plans in place that would happen and hunker down. the problem is that there would be very little time to prepare because hurricanes are difficult to predict and are fast moving. experts say that there's only hours to issue evacuation mornings before a storm hits. the main problem with over 8 million people the big apple this most densely populated city in the nation. based on studies, officials of found that are vulnerable, low- lying areas would have to leave before the evacuation came in part bottom line? scientists predict that if it hits newark city? there would not be enough time to get a pretty out. -test new york city. for more on the south what's on the web with kimberlee sakamoto. ♪ >> it is still hot out there today. inland, the north bay, the south bay, temperatures in the '90s. even triple digits, a few of those. one at 00 = fairfield! cooler on the coastline with 100 and fairfield-- >>
Sep 23, 2010 12:00pm PDT
on the environment. during a tour of the nation's largest privately owned solar and roofing company in newark he criticized whitman for opposing the state's climate change law and announcing today she opposes proposition 23 on the november ballot that would postpone that law. >> get meg whitman to stand up and say one way or the other is she for or against. she's right now sitting on both sides of the fence. that is not leadership. >> proposition 23 would suspend the state's global warming law until unemployment reaches 5.5% for a full year. brown says that would threaten california's bustling green tech industry, threaten hundreds of thousands of jobs and roll back our clean air and energy standards. brown and whitman are scheduled to hold their first televised debate next week. and ktvu channel 2 is the only bay area television station providing a live broadcast of next week's debate. it begins at 6:00 next tuesday evening. >>> the bart board of directors plans to vote today on whether to rename the pleasant hill bart station. there's a push to call it the pleasant hill contra costa bart stati
Sep 23, 2010 7:00pm EDT
in newark, new jersey. that's because facebook founder mark zuckerberg is set to announce a $100 million donation to newark's troubled public schools. it reportedly comes after zuckerberg met and friended mayor cory booker in july. zuckerberg, who is 26, is worth more than $9 billion. coming up next, the documentary that's exposing the failure of too many american schools to educate our kids >> couric: finally tonight, a lot of movies are coming out this fall, but one in particular is creating a lot of buzz among anyone who cares about education. yes, it features a caped superhero, but it's not designed to bring you thrills and excitement but make you think about the future of this country's most precious resource. here's michelle miller. >> reporter: right from the start the new documentary" waiting for superman" has a point of view and doesn't hold back. >> you wake up every morning and you know that kids are getting a really crappy education right now. >> so you think most of the kids here are getting a crappy education right now? >> oh, i don't think they are. i know they are. >> rep
Sep 24, 2010 7:00am EDT
. >> thanks very much. >>> facebook's mark zucker berg friends newark, new jersey with a $100 million donation. we'll have that story, when we come back. give back to society. felicia jackson promised her late sister that she would take care of her children. but she needed help. i used my american express open card to get half a million points to buy building materials to help build the jackson family a new home. well, i know if my dad was still around, he would have told me, with no doubt... he would have told me it's a no brainer and i knew that from the start. it was an honor. booming is moving forward by giving back. style that lasts a lifetime. what do you say we get the look we want, the softness we need, and an unbeatable lifetime stain warranty for whatever life throws at it. then let's save big on the installation. ♪ we're lowering the cost of going barefoot. more saving. more doing. that's the power of the home depot. get exclusive martha stewart living and platinum plus installed in your whole house for only 37 bucks. like the new double bacon & cheese omelet sandwich! they're all
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Sep 24, 2010 3:00am EDT
york, new jersey school system. didn't know they had one. what for? well, newark was one of the worst school systems. only half of the students graduate. and of those, only a fifth go on to four-year colleges. the rest sadly become werewolves. but critics question the timing of the donation. they say the billionaire is simply polishing his image due to the released of the film "the social network" that talks about facebook and zuckerberg's rise to riches and fame. it paints him as a socially awkward, jerky jerk face, jerk. they say the donation is expected on friday on something called "the oprah winfrey show" whatever that is. it can't be more exciting than a dancing baby el -- elephant playing harmonica. >> good luck competing with that oprah show. is this timing a coincidence with the movie coming out? >> i think, yeah. he had no idea that the timing of this would be so spot on. >> i was screaming and talking. >> who is down there? who is down there? >> how long have you worked here? >> apparently chelsea invaded our crew room. that will not happen normally. >> speaking of mammary
Sep 23, 2010 5:30pm PDT
a billionaire. and he said today he wants to help the schools in newark, new jersey, to the tune of $100 million. here's john berman. >> reporter: city of newark, you've just been friended on facebook. the $100 million pledge from facebook founder mark zuckerberg could have a huge impact on an education system where 46% of students fall to graduate high school. but who is mark zuckerberg? the 26-year-old kid with a grown-up checkbook, and no direct ties to newark? he's the young man who created the social networking site with more than 500 million users, from his harvard dorm room. >> there's an enormous sense of pride. >> reporter: he's the young man who is now number 35 on "forbes" magazine's list of richest americans. higher than apple ceo steve jobs. and he's also clearly a man who understands timing and perhaps diversion. his announcement tomorrow on "oprah" comes the same day as the release of the new feature film, "social network," which depicts him as ruthless. >> your actions could have perm innocently destroyed everything i've been working on. >> we've been working on. >> reporter: was
Sep 24, 2010 1:00pm EDT
. giving newark's new jersey public school system a hundred million dollars. everybody has big smiles on their face. the donation starts at education foundation for school reform and will put the newark schools back under the mayor's control for the first time in 15 years. mary booker is hoping for matching donations. oprah's angel network awarded 1 million dollars to learn charter network. great to see you. thanks for joining us. you must be thrilled with oprah's million dollar donation. >> absolutely, norah. completely. >> what will you use that money for? >> one, to allow us to open a fifth school so we are excited to serve more kids. two, it also allow us to attract and retain how quality teachers. >> craig, i want to give everybody a little bit of information about the learn charter schools network. you have four schools on chicago's south and west sides. you offer preschool to eighth grade and your goal is to have 16 high performing elementary schools by tint between the more than 80% of them meet or exceed state standards and a lot of them are on their way to college and they g
Sep 25, 2010 9:00am EDT
: newark, it's the largest city in new jersey, with the biggest school problems. now getting help if a big name. 26-year-old billionaire mark zuckerberg, founder and ceo of facebook, is expected to give $100 million to newark schools. >> a lot of teachers come out of to school -- >> reporter: democratic mayor cory booker and republican governor chris christie will join forces on the oprah winfrey show for the announcement tomorrow. they welcome the bipartisan effort. >> i think it's a great opportunity. first, to launch a real dialogue for the city of newark but how to give everyone excellent education. we need money to drive thrresous to the program to get results. >> reporter: the schools desperately need help. under state control since 1995, they spend about $22,000 per pupil each year. above the state average. the results are dismal. 45% of students do not graduate from high school. only 20% of newark grads attend college. zuckerberg is part of a growing trend of venture philanthropists investing huge sums in education reform. others are bill and melinda gates, t. boone pickens and the
Sep 25, 2010 10:00am EDT
do this anonymously. and oprah and the governor and mayor of newark were all insistent he do this publicly as an example for others. >> what is it about him that wanted to remain anonymous? i will say just watching him, he doesn't look supercomfortable in front of the camera. >> he doesn't. he's very, very shy. he's doing a press conference today in newark which is actually unusual for him. but we ran into him yesterday outside the facebook offices. and he literally looked straight ahead and kept walking. he does not -- he's not a press guy. >> no. not at all really. >> but the idea of being -- and because he's coming forward, are there others going to feel the pressure to start donating? the big time billionaire kids out there? >> i don't know about the kids. but in the paper this morning names have come out. these are more normal names in the land of philanthropy. ray chambers from newark, bill gates from microsoft. i've gotten on board with zuckerberg because hiss grant is not only $100 million. but its a challenge grant. he's looking to raise another hundred over his. >>
Sep 24, 2010 5:30pm PDT
headlines of his own, starting with a whopping $100 million donation to the public schools in newark, new jersey. the district has been plagued for years by low test scores, poor graduation rates, and crumbling buildings. the venue for the announcement-- the oprah winfrey show. zuckerberg, who dropped out of harvard to work full-time on facebook, said he wants to make sure other students have an opportunity to succeed. the philanthropic move comes just before the film's premiere. on oprah, zuckerberg said the movie was just a movie. >> it's fun. a lot of it is fiction, but even the filmmakers will say that. i can promise you, this is my life, so i know it's not that dramatic. ( laughter ) the last six years have been a lot of coding and focus and hard work. but maybe it would be fun to remember it as partying and all this crazy drama, so, you know, who knows? maybe it will be an interesting story. >> suarez: david kirkpatrick is the author of "the facebook effect." he says zuckerberg doesn't take the movie lightly. >> at facebook, they are concerned about this movie. they do feel that he.
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